The Langa of Barolo
The Langa of Barolo
The area is to the extreme North-West of the hill site of the Langhe. It boats a 3.051 hectares wide area of territories, the core of Barolo wine production. There are nine municipal areas that have the necessary qualities to grow Nebbiolo vine from which you get Barolo wine after maturing with “barrique” method for a long period of time. The uniqueness of this wine led to an international repution. The municipalities of “Langa del Barolo” are: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Diano d’Alba, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello and Serralunga d’Alba. The international value of Barolo wine is not only related to the uniqueness of its production cycle but also to its historic tradition which granted the title of Ambassador of the Royal House in the European courts of the XIX century.
The typical landscape of “Langa del Barolo” is mainly composed of monospecific plantations, the vines spread with continuity on the hill slopes, interrupted by medieval villages where important castles often rise up. The combination of “vineyard-castle” contributes to making this landscape unique and the defensive architectures become icons of an incomparable hill landscape. Many are the places connected to the production of Barolo such as the historic wine-producing holdings, whose foundation dates back to a vanished age. They laid the basis for the creation of such a peculiar product. We can mention the properties of Fontanafredda Manor that belonged to the Royal House of Savoia, and the properties of Falletti Family from Barolo.
The area includes the territories that were historically suitable for the cultivation of Nebbiolo vine variety from which Barolo is produced. It is a long-term ageing red wine and one of the Piedmontese oenological products with an established international prestige.There are several “luoghi del vino” in the area connected with the entire production chain of Barolo among which the historic wine-producing holdings which contributed to the emergence and development of this wine stand out, e.g. the properties of Falletti Family of Barolo and of Fontanafredda owned by The Royal House of the Savoy.
These are the words that Don Domenico Massé wrote about Barolo in 1928:
“Because the Marquis Falletti were the founders of that kind of wine, now called Barolo, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, who produced it with the maximum care in their widespread properties of Barolo (…). The one who, after the Marquis, contributed very much to the reputation of Barolo was Count Camillo of Cavour. He called Count Odart in its castle of Grinzane to produce the very famous Barolo which he served at his diplomatic lunches in which it constituted the delight and the admiration of gourmets. Later on, also the Count of Mirafiori got into the competition who produced Barolo in his estate of Fontanafredda (…). And the same did the well-known winery Calissano of Alba.” (from “The country of Barolo”, Don Domenico Massé, Pia Società San Paolo of Alba, 1928).